Senior striker Andrew Wheeler (Patapsco) has already scored eight goals and handed out five assists in six games, leading a fast-starting York College soccer team to a 6-0 record this season and extending the nation's longest Division III unbeaten streak.
The Spartans made it 46 games without a loss Saturday by turning back Christopher Newport, 5-2, behind Wheeler's two goals and two assists. His 21 points this season not only easily set the early scoring pace for the Spartans, but he also has a team-leading 29 shots and a team-high 18 shots on goal.
Wheeler had 19 goals and 11 assists last season for the 21-0-3 Spartans, including 11 game-winning goals, to be named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He was also a d3kicks.com All-American, a South Region Division III All-American and the 23rd-leading Division III scorer in the country.
"Andrew has grown as a player and person in the last year, and that could prove to be extremely dangerous for our opponents," York coach Mark Ludwig said.
The second-leading scorer on the team is sophomore forward-midfielder Jon Ports (McDonogh), who has four goals and four assists. Ports, who leads the team with three game-winning goals this season, transferred from Maryland after his freshman year.
Senior midfielder-defender Matt Beale (Archbishop Curley) has started all six games for York and has taken four shots without scoring this season.
York College is ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to d3kicks.com. The Spartans are the two-time defending Capital Athletic Conference champs.
Cochran helps Lehigh
Junior midfielder Jennifer Cochran (Glenelg) has been a steadying influence on the Lehigh University field hockey team this season, even though she has yet to score for the Mountain Hawks.
Cochran has started all seven games this season, taking three shots on goal and four overall. She had three goals as a sophomore, getting 11 starts while playing in 16 games.
Also helping Lehigh this season has been freshman back Claire Horn (Severna Park), who has one goal in five games.
Horn has made a strong first impression on Lehigh coach Julie Mazer. "Claire Horn has the skill and athleticism to make an immediate impact," she said.
Horn played on back-to-back state championship teams at Severna Park.
Lehigh's three-game winning streak was stopped Saturday by Columbia, 2-1. The Mountain Hawks are 3-4.
Pope busy in goal
DeSales field hockey gaolie Molly Pope (Long Reach) has made 44 saves in five games for the Bulldogs, who are 2-3.
Pope, a sophomore, has given up 10 goals for the Center City, Pa., school.
Barnett in action
Freshman defender Zach Barnett (Mount Hebron) has played in one game this season for the Pennsylvania soccer team, which is 0-3.
Penn coach Rudy Fuller believes Barnett has "exceptional athletic ability and will be an outstanding addition to our program on and off the field."
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